Max Holloway is the only fighter in history that has managed to go the distance with brash Irishman Conor McGregor. Everyone of McGregor's other 16 wins has come by way of stoppage, mostly via knockout. That's why Holloway has consistently been calling for a rematch.
"I'd do anything for that rematch," Holloway told MMAjunkie. "It's going to happen. McGregor is a cool dude. He has nothing but respect for me. Every time someone brings up my name in interviews, he talks some good stuff. I think I earned his respect."
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Former long-time UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre joined Chael Sonnen on his 'You're Welcome' podcast where he discussed the intensifying feud between Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor.
Holloway and McGregor fought in August 2013, at UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen. It was McGregor's second UFC outing and he left the Octagon with a unanimous decision and a torn ACL that sidelined him for nearly a year. But Holloway doesn't want to hear that it might have been McGregor's injury that made him go the distance instead of adding another KO to his resume.
"Everyone always says this and that about the first fight, but he cried about an injury that he had at the end of the second round," Holloway said. "I didn't cry about no injury. I had an injury in the first 30 seconds of the fight and I fought him all the way to a decision. He had two rounds to finish me and he couldn't get it done. [...] If he wants to get it done and he wants to get that back, then give me a rematch and we'll see what happens. If he wins his next fight and I win my fight, we'll see what happens. Maybe we could do that rematch. I would love to get back at him. The first fight was great and the second fight is going to be even better."
Holloway is set to face Cub Swanson at UFC on FOX 15 on April 18. McGregor on the other hand, has the biggest fight of his career ahead of him, a featherweight world title shot against the seemingly untouchable champion Jose Aldo at UFC 189. His chances are looking thin, assesses Holloway:
"This is MMA; we've got these little gloves on so everyone has a chance," Holloway said. "It just takes one punch to the right spot and you go night-night, or you're looking up at the ceiling asking what's happening. It happened to the greatest of all time in there with Anderson Silva. [...] I'm not counting Conor McGregor out, but we just have to see. Aldo's been the king of the division for a reason. I think it's going to be a great fight and I hope it's a war and not just one-sided."
(Transcription via MMA Junkie)